Home, Garden, and DIY
The New Essentials Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Better Cooking by America's Test KitchenWhat it is: an informative, reader-friendly guide that includes 200 recipes, equipment recommendations, smart prep techniques you may not have thought of, and even explanations of how and why food behaves certain ways (like why certain cheeses melt better than others).
Is it for you? Any new cook will find this book brimming with yummy recipes and things they need to know, but even experienced chefs looking for new tips and tricks will find something here.
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie GreenspanWhat's inside: gorgeous photographs and 125 inspired, substitution-friendly recipes that the author makes often.
Recipes include: Bean and Tortilla Soup, Beef and Beer Stew, Western Frittata, Salmon Burgers, and Blueberry Bundt Cake.
About the author: Despite burning down her family's kitchen when she was 12, Dorie Greenspan trained with Julia Child and is a multiple James Beard Award winner and a two-time IACP Cookbook of the Year winner.
Handmade Houseplants: 30 Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper by Corrie Beth HoggWhat it is: a well-illustrated, detailed step-by-step guide to crafting 30 houseplants (such as monstera, fiddle-leaf fig and philodendron) from paper that also contains a tools and materials section as well as templates.
Projects include: the plants themselves as well as a garland, place cards, a centerpiece, and a trellis.
Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone by Marc VetriWho it's for: readers seeking the ultimate guide to making delicious, high-quality pizza at home (and who don't mind some salty language).
What's inside: tips on cooking pizza in home ovens, wood ovens, and grills; nearly 20 focaccia and pizza dough recipes; and a variety of recipes for pizzas, pizza sauce, calzones, and rotolos.
Want a taste? "The truth is, there is no 'one' pizza dough to rule them all, and there is no 'best' method."
If You Like: Chip and Joanna Gaines
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree DrummondWhat it is: a beautifully photographed cookbook with homespun stories by celebrity lifestyle blogger Ree Drummond, who never takes herself too seriously.
Recipes include: PW's Potato Skins, Marmalade Muffins, Cowboy Calzones, Chicken Fried Steak, and Flat Apple Pie.
Why Gaines' fans might like it: Like Chip and Joanna, Ree lives on a ranch with her large family (though in Oklahoma instead of Texas), has a home décor line, and creates mouthwatering country-inspired meals and comfortable living spaces.
A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel... by Liz FourezWhat's inside: Step-by-step projects organized by room plus photos overflowing with burlap, wood, and wire that will offer ample inspiration.
Projects include: Herb Planter Box, Botanical Wall Hanging, White and Wood Dresser Makeover, and a Wire Laundry Hamper.
Why Gaines' fans might like it: Blogger Liz Fourez spent years renovating her old farmhouse with DIY furniture, décor, and crafts, and she has a country chic aesthetic that Gaines' fans will appreciate.
Salvage Style: Decorate with Vintage Finds by Leslie LinsleyWhat's inside: inspiring ideas and photographs that will help readers decorate their homes with vintage and repurposed items, including barn doors, factory lamps, and hand-forged iron hooks.
Why Gaines' fans might like it: Fixer Upper fans know that the Gaines love using old and salvaged items (shiplap!) to create unique homes.
The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas: 287 Clever Tips, Tricks, and Solutions by Katy McCollWhat it is: a collection of ideas from Country Living magazine that includes decorating ideas, storage solutions, new uses for old things, garden inspiration, and do-it-yourself projects.
Why Gaines' fans might like it: the bright photographs showcase crisp, creative country décor ideas that will make them feel right at home.
Contact your librarian for more great books!
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
220 N. Union St.
Kokomo, Indiana 46901